Monthly Archives: April 2013

I Have A Say

While browsing what was new on Facebook this morning, I came across this picture:

Like any red-blooded Catholic, I was most interested to see just was this was all about and what Fr. John Hollowell was responding to.

What I saw made my red, Catholic blood boil. (I noticed later that both of these videos are over a year old, but it was band-new for me!)

The video of Ms. Cecile Richards may be viewed here.

Fr. John Hollowell’s reply may be seen here.

While Fr. Hallowell’s response was superb, it didn’t bring my blood pressure down, so I had to reply myself.

I wasted no time in typing a response, and as was requested in Ms. Richards’ clip, I made it into a video. It may be viewed on YouTube, and I’ve embedded it below. Responses are welcome!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Unborn, Pray for us!!

Hail Mary Series (Part 8 of 10) – Pray For Us Sinners

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death! Amen.

Often in the Body of Christ you’ll hear someone’s tale of woe and make the reply, “I’ll pray for you!” I don’t know about you, but until fairly lately, I’d say “I’ll pray for you!” and then five minutes later I’d have completely forgotten the promise of prayer that I’d made. I’ve been growing in faithfulness to prayer lately, but still forget from time to time. It hurts my heart to think of the promises I’ve made that have slid from my mind, especially the promises to pray for someone.

Bring to mind the images of the Blessed Mother that you’ve seen. She may be holding the Christ Child, she could have her hands outstretched offering us love and grace, or her hands are folded in prayer. In the Hail Mary, we ask for her prayers. Unlike myself, she won’t ever forget to pray, and as she is now right before the throne of her Divine Son, she has a pretty good vantage point to make herself heard! At the Wedding at Cana, she made it known to Jesus that the wine had run out (such a mother – so attentive to detail and the needs of those around her!), and while she didn’t tell Him “Hey, fix this,” she made the need known. She longs to have needs brought to her feet, and she takes great joy in presenting these needs to her Son!

It was said one time that offering prayers to Jesus through Mary is like giving a friend an apple. But you don’t just hand them the fruit; instead you gave it to their mother first, to prepare it just as they like best. She’ll know exactly what to do. Asking for our Heavenly Mother’s prayers is so much like that. She takes our humble, imperfect prayers, and perfects it with her gentility and devotion, and presents it to God, her Son. What an intercessor we have in Mary!

It’s worth noting also; Mary taught Jesus His prayers. As much as this may boggle the mind, it is true. If you’re struggling in prayer, ask for her help. Ask her to teach you to pray like she taught Christ.

She’s your mother! She loves you!

Hail Mary Series (Part 7 of 10) – Mother of God

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us now, and at the hour of our death! Amen.

Who knows you the best, out of everyone you’ve ever met? Who has invested the most in you during your life? The one who not only knows you like your PB & J’s with the crusts cut off, but also takes the time to carefully cut them off for you? Who stays up late when you’re sick, ensures your diet is healthy, and makes sure your friends are above reproach, because she knows you’ll become like the company you keep? Your mother does. She lovingly and carefully cares for you, loves you, and helps you grow into a mature adult. This support, love, and assistance that can only come from a mother is among the most precious and necessary people in any child’s life. Without a mother, children often grow up emotionally and psychologically disadvantaged.

Now, if Jesus was truly man along with being truly God (and He was!), He would also need a mother! He came to live the same life we do; He is completely like us in all things, save sin. To ensure His healthy development both in and out of the womb, he needed a mother! And not just ANY mother, but the BEST mother!

It’s simple enough to think of a mother/child relationship, but when the child is GOD, it totally changes the paradigm. Your mother is special, and particularly and intentionally planned by God to be YOUR mother! Why would God Himself be any different?! His mother was perfectly planned, and Immaculately Conceived (ie, without Original Sin), to be GOD’S mother! She had to have special graces and privileges (like a King’s mother would!), to fulfill the special role she was given. Like we talked about a few weeks ago, Mary is very, very blessed!

Another facet of Mary’s maternity that always draws my heart to love her more is the fact she was always, always with Him. We see pictures like this:

She held Him as a babe, rocked Him to sleep, and cared for every need that babies have. She taught Him to talk and walk; she nursed and fed Him; she even taught Him His prayers. Yes, the mother of God taught God how to pray! What a beautiful, touching reality! (Note: having trouble in your personal prayer life? Ask Mary to help! If she taught God, she can sure help you!)

Mary was also with her Son in times like this:

She was the most faithful of Mothers. She held her Son as a sweet little infant, and she held His tortured, bloodied Body after He was crucified for our Salvation. This lady is God’s MOTHER! I could write pages and pages on Mary’s maternity, but for now, I’ll leave you with this little thought from St. Maximillian Kolbe: “Don’t worry about loving Mary too much; you can’t ever love her more than Jesus did.”

Hail Mary Series (Part 6 of 10) – Holy Mary

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us now, and at the hour of our death! Amen.

We’ve talked about why Mary is called “Blessed,” but here we hit another word that many take issue with, when used towards Mary. She’s not God; why do we call her holy?

Let’s first take a look at what holy means before we start throwing around accusations of idolatry. “Holy,” as defined by Mr. Webster, means “set apart” or “reserved for special purpose.”

Now, let’s look at Mary. Was she set apart from the rest of womankind? Was she reserved for a special purpose? Yes! She was destined by God to carry His Son, to give Him birth, nurse Him, teach Him, and love Him in the most intimate way that only woman gifted with motherhood herself can understand. This privilege was not offered to just any woman. It was offered to her. And in total surrender and complete humility, she said gave her fiat. YES.

Now, think for just a second. What happened to you at your Baptism? You were cleansed, anointed, and set apart; you were made Holy. You (yes, YOU) are HOLY! You are set apart for the work of GOD!

Being holy doesn’t mean being perfect; being holy means being part of something Bigger and More Important than just you, namely, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Family of God. You’re not just another body walking around, you’re not normal; you are set apart! You are HOLY! So don’t deny it when someone calls you that, because if you’ve been Baptized, you ARE.

Now, go make someone’s day and tell them that they are holy – and most importantly – tell them WHY!

Overflow In Me

In prayer a few weeks ago, I asked for graces for a few things going on in my life. Eyes closed, I envisioned “grace like rain” falling on me from Heaven. I opened my hands to receive it, but as my hands filled to capacity, I started to panic! Frantically, I searched with my mind to find something that could hold the excess. I mean, this is GOD’S GRACE! You can’t WASTE the stuff!!! It didn’t stop raining down on me though, and my hands were not enough to hold the abundance I was being given. I was beside myself! The ‘grace-like-rain’ filled up my hands and ran out between my fingers and onto the ground. I looked up, beseeching this waste of precious grace to STOP! Couldn’t God see I had all I could hold?!

I cried out to Mother Mary, and she smiled down at me and the state of panic I was in. She looked up to the One that the Graces were coming from. As my gaze followed hers, I saw no end… It was infinite. Infinite. I didn’t really understand though; I was still upset about the ‘wasted grace’ making mud at my feet.

It slowly sunk in though… When something is endless, there’s no such thing as waste. God could pour out enough to drown me (and then some!), but never run out, or even run low! His grace has no end, which is why He can give, and give, and give. I realized that this extra Grace was not being wasted. It was, in fact, giving testimony to the great generosity of God to my poor, feeble soul. Any of what God does is never, EVER wasted. My frantically trying to conserve the infinite must have made God smile. He knows my heart, and my love of Holy Things, but this Holy Thing is His to pour out at will, and I pray for the Grace to accept His generosity in all things!

Overflow In Me!

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